Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A quick recipe for apple cider cupcakes with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting by Lauren Cermak of the Southern lifestyle blog, Going For Grace. A quick recipe for apple cider cupcakes with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting by Lauren Cermak of the Southern lifestyle blog, Going For Grace.

Okay friends… The struggle is real! I have been running around for days getting two Thanksgiving entertaining pieces together for a shoot this weekend and the Thanksgiving versus Christmas retail is just overwhelming. Today, I went in for eucalyptus and had to remind myself about five times that I wasn’t there for Christmas pieces! I am forcing myself to stay focused on Thanksgiving until this weekend’s shoots are wrapped up and then it’s full fledged Christmas at the Cermak’s!

As for these apple cider cupcakes… Yes, please! Every time I think I have a new Fall favorite, something else steals my heart. I love doing polls and asking questions on the GFG Instagram account. Last week, when I asked you all to be GFG editors and let me know what kind of recipes you wanted to see, I got multiple requests for apple cider cupcakes. I then realized, you all are my people!

So, apple cider cupcakes it was! After two batches, I love how these heavenly cupcakes turned out. I have a feeling this may be one of my Thanksgiving contributions this year! What do you think?!

Apple Cider Cupcakes

makes 18-20 cupcakes




1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 2/3 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup apple cider



1 cup unsalted butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

5 cups confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon almond extract




In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.

Add eggs and almond to bowl and mix until fully incorporated.

In a seperate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.

Begin adding the dry ingredients and apple cider to the wet ingredients alternately – flour, 1/2 cup apple cider, flour, 1/2 cup apple cider, flour – fully incorporating between each addition.

Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill each liner about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool completely before frosting.



Beat butter and cream cheese in electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth.

Lower speed and add confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon, and almond extract.

Mix on high speed for about 2 minutes, until frosting is nice and fluffy!


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I'm Lauren, creator here at GFG. My husband Michael and I live in Tennessee. I'm into classic style, British baking shows, and pretty finds. My motto is dress like Kate, work like Reese, and entertain like Martha!

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  1. 11.8.18
    Megan said:

    These screams fall to me! They look delicious.